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COLLECTION Identifier: 81-M165

Papers of Mary Elizabeth Williams, 1933-1976


Correspondence, biographies, research materials, etc., of Mary Elizabeth Williams, mathematician.


  • Creation: 1933-1976

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Elizabeth Williams is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1.21 linear feet (1 carton, 1/2 file box)

Mary Elizabeth Williams' papers document her activities and research while Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Skidmore. Included are correspondence with colleagues and records of her work as department chair. The bulk of the papers documents her unfinished research on women mathematicians in the 19th century, and includes biographies, correspondence, and research material.


Mary Elizabeth Williams was born in Augusta, Kentucky, on November 30, 1909. She attended Randolph-Macon Women's College from 1928 to 1930, and received the A.B. degree from Radcliffe College in 1933. She earned an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Kentucky in 1936, taught mathematics at Ashland, Ky. Senior High School (1936-1941), and at Marshall College (1942-1946), and became Chair of the Skidmore College Mathematics Department in 1946. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, American Association of University Professors, American Mathematical Society, Association for Women in Mathematics, and the Mathematical Association of America.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 81-M165

The papers of Mary Elizabeth Williams were given to the Schlesinger Library by her sister, Julia K. Williams, in June 1981.


  1. Carton 1: 1-45
  2. Carton 2: 46-60

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: July 1981

By: Gaye Williams

Williams, Mary Elizabeth, 1909-1976. Papers of Mary Elizabeth Williams, 1933-1976: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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